Yasmine Perni is best recognized for being the wife of Ben Wedeman. Wedeman is an American journalist who reports on wars. He is a senior international correspondent for CNN, which means he covers stories around the world, and he is based in Rome.
Wedeman has been working with CNN since 1994 and has won several awards for reporting as part of a team.
What is Yasmine Perni's Net Worth?
As for Yasmine Perni, her exact net worth remains undisclosed. But her husband, Ben Wedeman, is estimated to have more than $5 million.
Wedeman has been a senior correspondent at CNN since 1994, and it's estimated he earns about $90,000 each year.
Yasmine Perni's Husband's Professional Journey
Between 1988 and 1992, Yasmine Perni's spouse Ben Wedeman lived and worked in Aleppo, Syria. During this time, he served as a communications specialist at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.
Wedeman's journey with CNN began in 1994 when he was initially hired as a local employee in Jordan, fulfilling various roles like a "fixer," producer, and sound technician. Among his responsibilities was assisting the reporting team in navigating checkpoints due to his fluency in multiple Arabic dialects. Over time, Ben rose to the position of CNN's Bureau Chief in Amman.
From 1998 to 2006, Ben held the role of CNN's bureau chief in Cairo. During this period, he led the network's coverage of the uprising against then-President Hosni Mubarak and the broader unrest in the Middle East. In 2009, he was appointed as the correspondent for CNN's Jerusalem bureau.
In October 2000, while covering a clash between Palestinians and Israelis near the Karni border crossing between Gaza and Israel, Wedeman was shot in the back.
In August 2011, Ben was in Sabah, Libya, reporting on the 2011 civil war that led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. He stumbled upon thousands of barrels containing bags of yellow powder labeled as radioactive, later confirmed to be Yellowcake uranium by the IAEA.
Following the September 11 attacks, Wedeman was one of the first journalists to gain access to Iraq before the Iraq War. He was the only Western journalist granted access to an interview with Uday Hussein.
In August 2012, Ben was in Aleppo, Syria, covering a battle during the civil war. Beyond the Middle East, Wedeman has ventured into war zones in Afghanistan, the Balkans, and various parts of Africa. In 2022 and 2023, Wedeman reported for CNN from the war zones in Ukraine.
Ben Wedeman's Early Life
Ben Wedeman grew up in a family where his dad, Miles G. Wedeman, was a diplomat and a devout Quaker from Pennsylvania. His mom, Martha Jean Wedeman, worked as a reporter for The Washington Post.
Wedeman spent a lot of his early years outside the United States because his family moved to South Korea in 1968. Later, they lived in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, Cambodia during a time of war. His dad also worked in Ivory Coast and Syria for USAID.
For school, Ben went to different schools in places like Beirut, Lebanon; Tangier, Morocco; and Windsor, Connecticut. He finished his studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Asiatic Languages and Linguistics in 1982.
Wedeman then pursued a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies.
Yasmine Perni is Married to Ben Wedeman
Ben Wedeman and Yasmine Perni have been married for many years. But the exact date of their wedding is unknown.
Even though Wedeman has a busy career, he has been able to have a loving and strong relationship with his wife. They have three children, but their names and details are kept private.